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City hopes for stimulus funds

Money requested for variety of projects

Posted: April 13, 2009 1:45 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.

As cities across the nation scramble for a piece of the federal stimulus-bill pie, Santa Clarita is hoping for a roughly $18.7 million slice.

Among the money being requested for everything from transit to transportation-related projects is $2.7 million to remove tall grass from a 297-acre swath of the Santa Clara River, according to an city report.

On the agenda for the City Council's Tuesday meeting is an overview of the money city officials hope to secure from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

City staff has submitted applications for $13.5 million in guaranteed allocations and $5.2 million in competitive grants, according to the report.

Among the guaranteed-allocation funding are applications for roughly $4 million in local infrastructure projects.

One of the grants for which the city is applying is for $2 million to install solar canopies at the city's Transit Maintenance Facility.

City staff will ask the council Tuesday to OK the submission of applications to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority requesting roughly $53.5 million in the 2009 Metro Call for Projects grant cycle.

Up to 88 cities and the county will be competing for matching funding, starting in the fiscal year 2011 through 2015, according to the agenda report.

Projects on Santa Clarita's list include widening the McBean Parkway bridge over the Santa Clara River, widening the Golden Valley Road bridge over Highway 14 and building a bike path along Railroad Avenue.

Also on the agenda is a request for the council to approve a tract map and converting a mobile-home park site at 18035 Soledad Canyon Rd. to a condominium site.

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.


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